was formed in early 1998, the vegan, straightedge five-piece is clearly
showing their dedication and no signs of slowing down. After an early
MCD, followed by a split EP with Self Conquest, the band released their
major introduction to the music world in the form of their first
The band then headlined a European tour and even ventured over to South
America and Japan in 2003 in support of the record. It's those initial
years of hard work that have caused the band's reputation to spread all
over the world, earning them slots at major European festivals, in
addition to high-profile shows alongside acts such as Hatebreed,
Agnostic Front, Earth Crisis, Heaven Shall Burn and Sepultura.
The band's sophomore album,
2004’s “‘Endorsed By Hate’ ”, was a fantastic example of passion and
anger. After its release the Nordhausen five-piece relentlessly played
Europe’s festivals as well as toured with Cataract in late 2004 and
Downset in early 2005. They didn’t take much of a break and kept playing
shows and festivals such as Pressure, Fury, With Full Force, Dour,
Groezrock or Summerbreeze Festival during the summer of 2005 while
writing their new masterpiece “When Worlds Collide”.
In late October 2005 they finally took off to Denmark to record the new
album with Jacob Hansen in his Hansen Studios (Mercenary, Fear My
Thoughts). During the recording process their label mates Mercenary
popped in to add some back-up vocals and keyboards while some of Roger
Miret’s (Agnostic Front) unique shouting was captured spontaneously
during the Persistance Tour. Right after the mix of “When Worlds
Collide”, MAROON set out for a full European tour supporting death metal
legends Obituary and Switzerland’s dark visionaries Samael. While the
band was busy on the road, Paul A. Romano (Mastodon, Trivium) was taking
care of the record's visual aspects to assure it had the right impact.
Without a single doubt the album showcases some surprising moments when
the melodic vocals of Mercenary’s Mikkel Sandager kick into the heavy,
riff-driven “Annular Eclipse” or when MAROON close their album with the
ultra-brutal and blasting “Below Existence”. No matter how much they
gravitated towards some of the heaviest material of their still-young
career, MAROON still kept their political awareness and involvement in
an outspoken lifestyle - “This is the fight for the voiceless minority…”
(24 HourHate). Welcome Annihilation…
Your latest album ‘When
Worlds Collide’ was released some months, so of course we’d like to ask
you a couple of questions about this album!
Tom: Okay... Go on!
How did you launch into writing the material for ‘When Worlds
Collide’ after your previous album, did ideas come easily so that you
just had to write them down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Tom: As we started writing the first new songs, we just started and
things got rolling. I mean we wrote ‘24HourHate’ soon after ‘Endorsed By
Hate’ was out, but after all there were some months that we didn’t write
a single tune! So it was some kind of exiting! And automatically we came
with something new! So, writing the new songs was the normal way, the
way we always do it! But I think we all had in mind that we didn’t want
to write a record like ‘Endorsed By Hate’ again, we all wanted something
fresh and new, we wanted to try some new things!
Had all the songs already been written before you entered the studio,
or have there been a lot of changes during the recording sessions?
Tom: Most of them were ready. But nonetheless we worked on most of the
songs in the studio, because you have much more possibilities there than
in the rehearsal room. And of course Jacob had some cool ideas for the
songs. But most of the songs were written and sounded mostly the same as
they sound now on the record. “The Omega Suite Pt. II” was mostly
written in the studio, “And If I Lose” and “Welcome Annihilation” were
completely written in the studio!
Did you have a certain idea of what you wanted to do on ‘When Worlds
Collide’ any elements you definitely wanted to have on the album?
Tom: Diversity! We didn’t start writing the new songs with a certain
idea in mind how they should sound. We all just knew that we wanted to
do an interesting and varied album. There was one thing that we all
agreed before writing the album: that we don’t want to make compromises
this time! We just started new songs and just were all sure, that there
are no borders. If some songs may sound different then former MAROON
Songs but they feel good to us, then we’ll go on with this and
everything is possible as long as all people in the band are happy with
it! That was the thing we wanted to make sure on this album! Doing what
we wanted to do, no matter what result we may achieve...
Who was responsible for writing the songs on the new album?
Tom: The whole band is always part of the songwriting. Mostly one
guitarist comes with s riff or some idea and then we build a song around
that all together!
This is your first record for
Century Media Records, why did you sign with them and how did you get in
contact with them?
Tom: Well, after the release of ‘Endorsed By Hate’ on Alveran Records we
played a lot all over the world. So, many people saw us play and among
those were also people from different record companies. After some time
Leif from Century Media Records got in contact with us and told us, that
his company was some kind of interested in our band. We were really
happy, because we all grew up with companies like Century Media Records
and a lot of the bands on there were kind of idols to us in the past! At
this time we got a lot of very good offers from a lot of very good
companies, so it was really hard for us to decide. We soon met Robert,
Melanie and the rest of the Century Media Records staff and they were
all very nice, but still we were not really sure what offer is the best.
Our manager then started to negotiate with all the companies and it
turned out that the Century Media Records contract was the best for us
and we are more then happy with our decision!
You recorded this album in the Hansen Studios in Denmark, was this a
Tom: Of course! We recorded ‘Endorsed By Hate’ with Tue Madsen in
Denmark. We really liked the way he worked, and we were happy with the
sound, but we are a band who wants to try new things. So, we thought
about going to Madsen again but soon we realized that we would rather
try something new! And we heard a lot of good things about Hansen... and
we wanted to go back to Denmark because it’s very quiet and nice there.
Even “Master Of Puppets” producer Flemming Rassmussen was interested but
didn’t have time, so we went to Hansen and he is the fucking best! We
love what he has done!
How did the recording process
proceed and how much time did you spend in the studio?
Tom: We were there for two weeks for recording and then again one week
for mixing. We always go in the studio with all the songs completely
ready, so we just record our songs there. This time we even wrote one
song in the studio. It was really nice working with Jacob. A good friend
of us, Karlo from the best German death metal band SUFFERING SOULS,
helped us out in some of the pre- recording stuff and both, Jacob and
Karlo came up with some good ideas for the whole record! So, we all were
together in the studio, talking, recording, making fun!
The new album was produced by Jacob Hansen. Are you satisfied with
the result of the new album?
Tom: Completely! It sounds great I think! Jacob is the best!
Did you have a larger budget for this album than for the previous
albums and did this change the way you worked?
Tom: Yes we had a lot more money this time and yes it makes a very big
difference! For ‘Endorsed By Hate’ we had to be really fast, because we
didn’t have the money to take more time. Even for Tue this was not very
satisfying. After all the record sounds good, but both, we and Tue are
sure that with more time (which means more money) we could have done so
much more. Now the recording process was much more relaxed, we could
talk about certain problems much longer and discuss the sound and some
arrangements more deeply because there was no pressure! On former
recordings we always thought: we have to hurry! We just have money for
one day left! Now we could even have spent more weeks if it would have
been necessary! You could concentrate on your work without thinking
about that stupid business shit! That makes working much easier!
Did you already received any
feedback on the new album yet and what do you personally think about
this album – are you satisfied with the outcome or would you liked to
have changed anything in retrospective?
Tom: We mostly got very good to euphoric feedback. 99% of the reviews
were just more than positive. And we also think that this is by way the
strongest album we made so far. We all believe in the album and we all
really love it and we are very happy that it went down so good! Of
course, one week after you finished everything you’ll find the first
little things you would do different now, but that is just normal. There
is no perfect album! You can always go further! On some points in the
studio we had 3 different opinions on certain things, but just one can
be recorded, you know. So, there will never be a perfect album. I think
you would come close to total satisfaction if you would record an album
in 100 different versions ha ha...
Could you please describe the
implications the title ‘When Worlds Collide’ has for you, what does it
stand for and is there a special meaning behind it?
Tom: There are lots of worlds colliding around us everyday. And I think
the record is very varied and so the title fits very well to the music
on the album. The album is different than the albums before, so even for
us as a band this is a now world, that somehow collides with the other
Who wrote the lyrics for this album and can you tell us something
Tom: I wrote most of them and my brother Andre wrote the rest. We still
talk about the same topics, like social problems and injustice. We still
believe it is very important to show people the suffering animals have
to deal with every single day! Veganism is still the important factor in
our lyrics. Nothing really changed. Animals still get treated like non-
living products, get tortured. Raped and slaughtered every second on
this world. And I think it is very important to fight for the end of
this madness! We have to learn to live together in peace, not only
humans with humans but also humans with animals and nature! On the new
record there are also other, darker or cryptic lyrics about occultism,
human suffering or war! We think it is important to have something to
say, to write lyrics people can think about! Look at all this charts
shit with all the brainless nothing- to say- la la la- lyrics! That just
not the real world! By no means on this world is everything perfect! Of
course you can listen to our record or come to our shows just to have
fun and a good time and to steal away from this cruel world for an hour,
but we would be very proud if you would read something out of our lyrics
for yourself and your life!
Do you have your favorites on When Worlds Collide’, songs that you
think are somehow above the others?
Tom: No, I wouldn’t say so. There are some stronger songs for me from
time to time, but this changes always, so I think you have to listen to
the whole record to get the right feeling of it!
There are some
guests on the album, how did you get in contact with the guys from
Mercenary and Roger Miret? I personally think the song “Annular Eclipse”
turned out to be a very good song.
Tom: Yes, his voice on the song is just awesome. It was very easy. We
wanted Morten to do all our Keyboard stuff on the record and he just
brought his brother Mikkel. We asked him if he would sing something for
as and he did it. With Roger we wanted to work for a long time, because
we know each other now for some years and it never happened and now we
took him to the studio and he sang his part. It was all very easy. Also
with Barney from NAPALM DEATH who sings on one of our bonus tracks for
Japan! We asked him and he did it. All of those people were so very nice
Ok, now some questions to
enable our readers to get to know you a little bit better.
How do you feel about illegal downloading of music from the internet,
many albums these days are already on the internet before they are
Tom: I hate it! Go and buy some good old vinyl or go and support the
little bands that need the money! But I also have to say that the
fucking record companies are more to blame because of their fucked up
politics! They now get the punishment for years of selling crap, with
crap design in crap packages for way too much money! I mean paying for
shit like Britney Spears should be punished with no less then 10 years.
But you are even more stupid if you download such crap. Everyone who
gets caught by downloading shit like Nelly should get 10 years more
because it was Nelly!
How did you get involved in the music business?
Tom: I don’t know. We somehow got there by accident.
What songs and bands do you listen to yourself these days?
Tom: MORRISSEY and THE SMITHS. Nothing else!
Is there still something you like to do besides Maroon, do you have
jobs or something like that?
Tom: We do MAROON fulltime. But if we have some time of, there’s a lot
of stuff to do like family or friends.
Is there anything you want to tell us after these questions?
Tom: It was a lot of questions ha ha! No, thank you for the interview.
Current line up:
Andre Moraweck - Vocals
Sebastian Grund - Guitar
Tom-Eric Moraweck - Bass
Nick Wachsmuth - Drums
Sebastian "Riechtor" Rieche - Guitar
2006 - When Worlds Collide
2004 - Endorsed By Hate
2002 - Antagonist
2001 - The Key (split-CD with Self Conquest)
2001 - Split-single with Absidia
2000 - Captive In The Room Of The Conspirator MCD